Match: Loughbrough Lightning v Brunel Hurricanes
Venue: Netball Centre, Loughbrough University
Time: 1800: Saturday 14th March, 2009,
Umpires: Debbie Morgan, Janice Treasure… a smith
FULL TIME: 48-33
Brunel Hurricanes had to win this Co-operative Netball Superleague meeting with Loughborough Lightning to move level on points with Leeds Carnegie and above them on goal difference to fourth in table. But Lightning have only lost to Team Bath this season it was a record they weren’t keen to relinquish. The first quarter was untidy with both sides trading turn-overs and misplaced passes, the home side though were first to settled and moved into a 5-goal lead by the end of the quarter. Hurricanes were blowing hot and cold, piling on the pressure in defence and then surrendering it before the attacking circle.
Loughborough pressed on in the second quarter after swapping Jo Harten out to goal attack, coach Olivia Murphy admitted they wanted to build on their lead because Brunel had a lot riding on the result and were perfectly able to come back at them. Hurricanes were not playing well and seemed rattled by the umpires rulings, their concentration slipped and they failed to make any inroads on the home side who were now in the swing of things. Patience was paying off for Lightning who were able to make the most of their possession, although towards the end of the quarter Brunel began to slow the ball up as they stepped up their challenge.
With an eleven goal lead after half-an-hour Loughborough were able to start thinking about the play-offs and mixed up the combinations of players. Olivia Murphy substituted herself, after a busy week on court and Emma Bliss took a little while to settle. That coincided with perhaps the best passage of play from the visitors who made things look simple for ten minutes, Vicklyn Joseph had found her range but it wasn’t long before the team’s concentration slipped again.
For the final quarter Alex Kirk came on to help Loughborough pick up the pace with her excellent rapport with Jo Harten proving trouble for Hurricanes’ defence. As we’ve come to expect Harten played another impressive part in the game with her deft dodging but Natalie Hampshire and Jade Clarke can all be pleased with their performances.
Brunel Hurricanes coach Natalie Swift told us after the game “Loughborough were the better team on the day and fully deserve to be in the playoff. We weren’t good enough today and our consistency under pressure has been our downfall throughout the second half of the season.”
Olivia Murphy, who coaches Lightning and plays wing-defence was happy with the result and the attitude: “The team is really pleased to end the season with a good performance. I was pleased to get different combinations out ahead of the play-offs and we look forward to hard week of training ahead of the game with Team Bath next Monday week.”
GS: Jo Harten
GA: Lisa Stephenson
WA: Natalie Hampshire
C : Jade Clarke (capt)
WD: Olivia Murphy
GD: Kara Luck
GK: Hannah Reid
Jo Harten: 34/42 = 81
L Stephenson:09/13 = 69
A Kirk: 5/5 = 100%
GS: Vicklyn Joseph
GA: Asha Tett
WA: Chioma Matthews
C: Becky Nash (capt)
WD: Jamie Galley
GD: Sonia Mkoloma
GK: Sharon Smith
V. Joseph: 18/28 = 64%
A. Tett : 03/07 = 43%
L. Press : 12/18 = 66%
The line-up for the Co-operative Netball Superleague play-offs is complete and Leeds Carnegie have earned their place in the top four for the first time in the league's history. Carnegie completed their fixtures last weekend and could only sit back and wait to see if Brunel Hurricanes would pip them to the fourth play-off place. The London side had a tough test for their last game of the year away to Loughborough Lightning. On the final day the Co-operative Netball Superleague's second best side proved too strong for the Hurricanes who had a patchy performance and bow out of the final stages of the competition. Loughborough Lightning ran out 48-33 winners to complete their season beaten only by the league leaders Team Bath.... a full match report will follow shortly.
Other matches on the final Saturday of the regular season saw Northern Thunder beat Glasgow Wildcats 52-36 and Team Northumbria were 61-35 winners at Celtic Dragons. Full match reports are below:
Match: Celtic Dragons v Team Northumbria
Venue: Glyndwr University, Wrexham
Time: 1300 - 14th March, 2009,
Umpires: Tracy Smith, Louise Travis and Gary Burgess
Q4: 35- 61
FULL TIME: 35-61
Team Northumbria’s captain Carla Dziwoki’s been enjoying a flying finish to the season and crowned her last Co-operative Netball Superleague performance of the 2008-09 term with an excellent 95% success in the circle. It was a blazing start by Team Northumbria whose confidence was high following a great match with league leaders Bath last time out. The visitors were fast out of the blocks led by the skipper who netted 18 shots in the first quarter and barely slowed up in the match. Carla’s heading down under for the ANZ season and is joining the Adelaide Firebirds in fine form.
Team Northumbria were not only impressive in attack but also dominant defensively. Goal-keeper Abi Ryan was able to provide some key turnovers from the first quarter on while centre Vicky Burgess helped ensure there was plenty of quality ball moving down the court.
Celtic Dragons had a nigh on impossible task to try and get the result that would lift them back off the bottom of the table, but the spirit that has served them well this season saw them fight back in the second quarter which they won 9-8.
Stepping up their efforts the visitors were lifted in the third quarter by Vicky Phillips. Dragons have had a bit of a week with injury robbing them of six squad members including skipper Sara Hale, who had a rather heavy landing in the televised game on Monday. She suffered cartilege damage to the knee, went under the knife on Thursday where the problem was repaired and she will hopefully make a speedy recovery.
Northumbria’s entire bench took to the court and although a little shaky the last 15 minutes of the season saw some excellent performances from Emma Lower, Jenny Montgomery at wing-defence and Abi Ryan who moved to play at goal-defence. Celtic Dragons called up two players from their NTL squad Rebeccca Neate and Sammy Jo Williams who by playing with big sis Stephanie in defence became part of the Dragon’s first sister act on court this season.
Coach Denise Egan thinks the team has made great strides forward: “I'm proud of the squad who have consolidated well through the season and seem to now be in control at key points of the game. Our progress made is tremendous albeit a little late but the team are as one and will only move forward next season for that play off position. Dziwoki has been a major asset and a most professional captain who has led by example.”
Celtic Dragons coach Ian Root refused to be downcast about the result and was complimentary about their opponents “It was a good performance from Team Northumbria. They’re a very tight outfit, they know where everyone’s going to be and their imports also made a big difference. It was a resounding victory from a classy team particularly in attack. For us it wasn’t all doom and gloom injuries meant we only had 9 of our 15 squad members fit and called up two “junior Dragons” who certainly weren’t out of their depth - especially Sammy Jo Williams who played the whole game.”
GS: Chrissie Munroe
GA: Cara-Lee Moseley
WA: Kylie Painter
C: Susie Drain (capt)
WD: Sammy Jo Williams
GD: Stephanie Williams
GK: Lindsay Keable
C Munroe 13/23 = 57%
C Moseley 13/22 = 59%
S Blucher 05/08 = 63%
R Neate 04/08 = 50%
GS: Carla Dziwoki (capt)
GA: Talai Bari
WA: Marie Ewing
C : Vicky Burgess
WD: Tessa Burton
GD: Natalie Connor
GK: Abi Ryan
Carla Dziwoki 53/56 = 95%
Talei Bari 1/6 = 17%
Vicky Phillips 0/1 = 0%
Emma Lower 7/9 = 78 %
Match: Northern Thunder v Glasgow Wildcats
Venue: Castle Leisure Centre, Bury
Time: 1600: Saturday, 14th March, 2009
Umpires: Chris Wilson-Smith, Margaret Deighan and Jo Kelly
Q1: 17 - 02
Q2: 29 - 13
Q3: 42 - 21
Q4 52 - 35
FULL TIME: 52-35
Glasgow Wildcats could be forgiven for coming away from the Co-operative Netball Superleague clash with Northern Thunder ruing a missed opportunity. The home side was geared up for a flashy finale in front of a packed crowd and came on court meaning business as the first fifteen minutes showed. The Wildcats had plenty of possession, and even turnovers, in the opening quarter but could not beat Thunder’s defence and get the ball into their shooters; seven shots yielded only 2 goals while at the other end 17 slipped through the hoop.
Changes were needed in the Glasgow line-up. Lesley Macdonald moved under the post and a complete rethink in the midcourt changes meant the arrival of Jenna Storie, Gail Higgins and Stephanie Docherty and that had the desired effect of slowing Thunder’s run for the post and there was just one goal separating the sides in that 15 minute period.
Having stormed into a decisive lead so early on, Thunder had a comfortable cushion and were able to try different combinations of players and the depth in the squad showed as they held Wildcats with new players coming on the court.
Glasgow felt the benefits of their changes very quickly as the netball finally found its way into the shooters hands giving Lesley Macdonald and her strike force more opportunities and more goals. There were still unforced errors creeping in but as the game ticked into the second half Wildcats were just not quite able to close the damaging gap from the first quarter.
Credit to Wildcats debutant Laura Burton, England U21 but only 17. She came on in the final quarter and made a major impact in opening up play and nabbed a couple of key interceptions. It may be the first but won’t be this young players last Superleague appearance.
Her skipper Lesley Macdonald was full of praise “We are really proud of Laura Burton’s debut, she really lifted the team resulting in us winning the last quarter.”
Glasgow Wildcats coach Denise Holland “After an extremely poor start we were able to regroup and contest in the final quarter, culminating in Laura Burton’s debut and us winning the last quarter.”
Northern Thunder captain Karen Greig said "We started the game dynamically and withstood Glasgow's pressure and maintain composure. It’s a good finish to the season, and we take away a lot of positives for next season."
GS Rachel Bramhall
GA Karen Greig
WA Rachel Henry
C Helen Browne
WD Bev Lovatt
GD Kate Smith
GK Kerry Almond
Karen Greig 26/37 = 70
Alexa Collier 05/07 = 71%
Rachel Bramhall 13/18 = 72%
Krista Enziano 08/10 = 80%
GS: Jennifer Dingwall
GA Lesley MacDonald (capt)
WA: Gillian Douglas
C : Carlene Hamilton
WD: Claire Brownie
GD: Claire Cooper
GK: Hayley Mulheron
L MacDonald 31/38 = 81%
J Dingwall 02/05 = 40%
03/08 = 38%
BRAY DOUBLE SENDS ENGLAND INTO FINAL FOUR AT WORLD LEAGUE FINALS
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BRAY DOUBLE SENDS ENGLAND INTO FINAL FOUR AT WORLD LEAGUE FINALS